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Rainbow's end : the crash of 1929

Author: Maury Klein
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Series: Pivotal moments in American history.
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"The first major history of the Crash in over a decade, Rainbow's End tells the story of the stock market collapse in a colorful, swift-moving narrative that blends a vivid portrait of the 1920s with an intensely gripping account of Wall Street's greatest catastrophe." "The book offers a picture of a world full of plungers, powerful bankers, corporate titans, millionaire brokers, and buoyantly optimistic stock  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maury Klein
ISBN: 0195135164 9780195135169 0195158016 9780195158014
OCLC Number: 47136491
Description: xx, 345 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Crash as historical problem --
Summer of fun, 1929 --
America the bountiful --
Club and the street --
Plungers and politicians --
Birth of the bull --
Good life --
New era --
Culture of greed --
Makin' whoopee --
Fall follies --
Rainbow's end --
Over the rainbow --
Winter of discontent, 1930.
Series Title: Pivotal moments in American history.
Responsibility: Maury Klein.
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The Crash of '29 is one of the key moments in American, and indeed world history. This gifted narrative historian addresses its effects on both business and society, and recreates the coming together  Read more...

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